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Red explores Rothko's emotional palette

Scarlet fever
Mark Rothko sees red in Red — and not just when staring hard at his iconic Seagram murals.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 10, 2012


Lyric Stage's superior Superior Donuts

Boston beats NY
No one, to my knowledge, has accused Superior Donuts of being superior Tracy Letts.
By: ED SIEGEL  |  January 10, 2012


David Wheeler, 1925–2012

In memoriam
Why did news of David Wheeler's death last week come as such a shock?
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 11, 2012


Apollinaire's progressive Uncle Vanya

Moveable feast
Guns go off in Uncle Vanya. And in Apollinaire Theatre Company's production (at Chelsea Theatre Works through January 22), the title character is one of them.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 04, 2012


Warming up with the Boston theater scene's winter offerings

Cold remedies
Although the whirlwind of Scrooges and Rockettes will soon be exiting stage left, the storm of winter theater continues unabated.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  December 29, 2011


Dueling stages

When it came to home teams vs. visitors, audiences were the winners
It's been the visitors versus the home teams this year.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 20, 2011


The delights of Three Pianos at the A.R.T.

Three guys who love Schubert
Three guys. Not singers, but they sing. Not pianists, but they play the piano.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 13, 2011


Kathleen Turner can't save High

The most shocking thing about High (at the Cutler Majestic Theatre through December 11) is not that Kathleen Turner plays a nun.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 13, 2011


Three Viewings; Ultimate Christmas (abridged)

Death takes a holiday
Instead of sugarplums, New Repertory Theatre is serving up funeral meats.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 06, 2011


Ain't Misbehavin' at Lyric Stage

Fats entertainment
If the current campaign against obesity means we have to hate Fats Waller, well, to hell with it.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 29, 2011


A new play about Adolf Eichmann traps itself

In a way, Adolf Eichmann had an even greater hold on the collective unconscious of those born after the war than the other Adolf.  
By: ED SIEGEL  |  November 22, 2011


Company One owns The Brother/Sister Plays

Louisiana purchase
Symbolism blows over swampland in The Brother/Sister Plays , a hypnotic trilogy making its area debut courtesy of Company One (at the BCA Plaza through December 3).
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 16, 2011


Mabou Mines deconstructs Ibsen, plus The Civilians

In the Heights
I have been looking forward to this Obie-winning allegory built on Ibsen's A Doll's House since it opened in New York in 2003.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 08, 2011


The Divine Sister's comic convent at SpeakEasy Stage

Team spirit
Larry Coen directs SpeakEasy Stage's Boston premiere of Charles Busch's The Divine Sister, this time without Busch's gender-bending talents in the starring role of Mother Superior.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  November 02, 2011


Cambridge moves to Boston in Before I Leave You

Autumn garden
Fear of mortality is a domino in Before I Leave You, the play with which 72-year-old dramatist Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, who has been flexing her inky fingers in Cambridge for 40 years, enters the big time.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 02, 2011


Tina Packer explains the Bard for you

Will power
Tina Packer has been in bed with Shakespeare for at least 40 years.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 25, 2011

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Lyric's Or, mines the Restoration

Before and aphra
Liz Duffy Adams's dramaturgical homage, Or, , is more florid than floral and sometimes clever bordering on cute. But the play, being given a brisk area premiere by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston (through November 6), is ingenious.
By: CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 18, 2011


ASP's Twelfth Night enters laughing

Clown show
The challenge in any production of Twelfth Night isn't the love triangle.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 12, 2011


Zeitgeist skips through Tony Kushner's short plays

Serious fun
The fall season has begun with a lot of starry events.  
By: ED SIEGEL  |  October 05, 2011


SpeakEasy's heart-wrenching Next Fall

It's a story you've heard before: a young gay man, raised by Bible-thumping Southern parents who would disown him if he were to come out, moves to New York City.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  October 05, 2011


John Malkovich freaks out at ArtsEmerson

You don't know Jack
In the flesh, the thing itself was about as odd and amusing as it had appeared on paper: John Malkovich delivering the "confessions" of convicted Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger while accompanied onstage by a Baroque orchestra and a couple of sopranos singing arias.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 30, 2011

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